Robin Hanson on conformity:

It sees to me that while people do vary in conformity, this variation is less in how much folks care about others’ evaluations, and more about which others they care about. “Conformists” tend to care about a common standard status audience – a usual mix of people weighted by a standard status. “Non-conformists,” in contrast, “march to the beat of a different drummer” by caring about non-standard status audiences.

The most interesting folks I know care very much about the opinions of others. It’s just often that the “others” aren’t anyone I know.